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Carbon County boys

 

Updated November 9, 2003

 

During the era of the of the mid 1800s, from the War in Mexico to the Civil War, local soldiers often wrote letters home of their experiences, and these letters would find their way into the local newspapers.They give some insight into the day-to-day life of the common soldiers of those wars, and some insight into the writers themselves.Unfortunately, these letters were only occasionally signed, and in many cases only initials or a pseudonym was used.Where I can identify the writer, Iíve added some biographical information on him.

 

Iíve mostly stayed true to the original writings.Grammar, spelling, punctuation, &c., is as the original writer wrote it.In a few cases, Iíve made some corrections that may well have been ďtyposĒ from the newspaper, but fully noted the correction below the letter.

 

As time goes by, I hope to uncover and transcribe more of these letters.In the meantime, the following is what I have come across.

 

The Mexican War

 

Late 1846 from the Stockton Artillerists

 

Letter from Jan. 1, 1847, written by Robert Klotz

 

Letter from Jan. 1, 1847, written by James Miller

 

 

The Civil War

 

Letter of February 7, 1862, from the 81st Regiment

 

Letter of February 13, 1862, from the Bucktail Rifles

 

Letter of March 9, 1862, from the 11th Regiment

 

Letter of March 16, 1862, from the 11th Regiment

 

Letter of June 23, 1863, from the Bucktail Rifles

 

Letter of July of 1863, from the 81st Regiment

 

Letter of July 6, 1863, from the Bucktail Rifles

 

Letter of July 10, 1863, from the 34th Regiment

 

Letter of July 16, 1863, from the 67th Regiment

 

Letter of July 30, 1863, from the Bucktail Rifles

 

 

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Camp Correspondence,

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By

Jack Sterling

October 2003